Basil Vodka Lemonade – An Easy Summer Cocktail

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Basil Vodka Lemonade

What kind of basil should I use with lemonade?

Believe it or not there are many different kinds of basil out there but the kind of basil you want to use in any cocktail you create is sweet basil (Italian Basil). It’s easiest to find in the US and it’s easiest to grow. It’s really easy to add basil into any drink but today it’s going to be the star of the show with my lemonade.

Do you have to use an expensive vodka when you make a cocktail?

This is preference more than anything so I’ll give you the diplmatic answer: It depends. If you genuinely love vodka, you’ll know the difference between good vodka and bad or “cheap” vodka. If you know how to make the cocktail then the quality of liquor used won’t matter, at least that’s what I’ve read, but you can decide. I personally don’t think you need to use top shelf vodka for a cocktail, especially if you don’t actually appreciate vodka.

How to make Basil Vodka Lemonade

Serves: 6 Drinks

Prep: 10 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 52 oz bottle Simply Lemonade or another brand of lemonade
  • 7 basil leaves; diced
  • 1 lemon; sliced
  • 2 cups Vodka of Choice – the ratio is 1:3, vodka:mixer

Instructions:

Pour Simply Lemonade and 2 Cups of Vodka into a pitcher. Stir to mix.

Dice basil and trim off stems. Place in to a glass with ice. Stir.

Add lemon slices into the glasses.

Pour in vodka lemonade. Top with basil leaves and a slice of lemon.

The basil will be infused if you let it sit for a minute or two before serving.

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Basil Vodka Lemonade

Nothing goes better with the heat than lemonade. Ah, that refreshing first, cold sip, gets me every single time. Now, let's add a little big of vodka into the mix at the end of a long hot, humid day and make it fancy with fresh basil.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword cocktails, lemonade, vodka
Prep Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 2 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 312 kcal
Author Bert A.

Ingredients

  • 52 oz Simply Lemonade
  • 2 Cups Vodka
  • 7 Fresh Basil Leave, diced
  • 1 Lemon sliced

Instructions

  1. Pour Simply Lemonade and 2 Cups of Vodka into a pitcher. Stir to mix.

  2. Dice basil and trim off stems. Place in to a glass with ice. Stir.

  3. Add lemon slices into the glasses.

  4. Pour in vodka lemonade. Top with basil leaves and a slice of lemon.

Recipe Notes

The basil will be infused if you let it sit for a minute or two before serving.

Basil Vodka Lemonade - An Easy Summer Cocktail

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